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The T-72B3 is a Tier 8 special premium Main Battle Tank under Marat Shishkin's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 2011 (ongoing)
Service: 2012+
Vehicles Built: cca 1400
Operators: Russia, Belarus, Syria

The newest major upgrade to the latest mass-produced T-72 variant is called T-72B3. The T-72B3 upgrade was developed by Uralvagonzavod as a cheaper alternative to the T-90A with the goal of improving the combat value of the T-72B to the T-90A level. By the time the program was signed in 2012, Russia still had around 4000 to 5000 of the 9000 T-72Bs produced available and all were supposed to be refurbished to the T-72B3 standard.

One of the biggest upgrades was the vehicle's firepower. The T-72B3 received a new gun, the 125mm 2A46M-5 smoothbore, which is the same weapon the T-90A has. The autoloader was modified to be able to fire longer APFSDS rounds. The Fire Control System also received a major upgrade in the form of the Belarusian Sosna-U gunner sights with thermal imager.

As for its protection, all such upgraded T-72Bs were fitted with the Kontakt-5 ERA. Apart from its base armor and the Kontakt-5 ERA, the T-72B3 can also be protected by the Arena-E APS, but the Russian tanks don’t have it installed. The 46 ton vehicle is powered by the 840hp V-84-1 V12 multi-fuel diesel, allowing it to go as fast as 65 km/h (although the usual combat speed varies between 35km/h and 45 km/h).

There are actually two variants of the T-72B3 called Model 2013 and Model 2016. The first one forms the vast majority of the T-72B3s produced. The second variant was built in Omsk and included a number of improvements, such as an improved gun variant (2A46M-5-01), improved engine (1130hp V-92S2F diesel), improved internal electronics, partial Relikt ERA kit (side hull plates) instead of the standard Kontakt-5 and an improved autoloader function.

Another improved variant called T-72B3M (sometimes incorrectly called T-72B4) also exists, featuring commander's panoramic sights, the upgraded engine from Model 2016 and a full set of Relikt armor. A prototype was trialed for the first time in 2011. The modernization process started in October 2012 and is currently ongoing with roughly 1400 vehicles modified to this day (approximately 1000 vehicles are of the 2013 model and 400 vehicles of the 2016 model) and the production is ongoing. Despite some effort, the T-72B3 hasn't been widely exported so far with 14 tanks sold to Belarus, a few to Syria and with Serbia interested in purchasing 30 vehicles in the future.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • Trained Crew: This vehicle comes with a fully trained Level 5 crew.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 125mm 3VBM22 APFSDS APFSDS Stock 630 750[note 1] mm 1750 m/s 7.70 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 125mm 3VOF36/3V21 HE HE Stock 945[note 2] 45 mm 850 m/s 7.70 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.16 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.50 m
  • Splash Penetration: 85 mm
3 125mm 3VBK25 HEAT-FS HEAT Stock 788 900 mm 915 m/s 7.70 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.14 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
4 3UBK14 "Refleks" ATGM-TH ATGM Stock 850[note 3] 900 mm 300 m/s 7.70 s
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  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Flight Agility: 40.00 deg/s
  • Self-Guided: No
5 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 4] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

T-72B3 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 1035 mm (vs AP)
1880 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 865 mm (vs AP)
1105 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite Kontakt-5 ERA (Gen 2) 25% (vs AP)
80% (vs HEAT)
This MBT's front is protected by composite armor. Composite armor consists of combined layers of steel and other material and offers excellent protection against HEAT shells and ATGMs. Its steel sides and rear are considerably more vulnerable. The second generation ERA kit offers excellent protection against standard HEAT rounds or warheads, and marginal protection against kinetic rounds.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 125mm 2A46M-5 Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 1.70 s 7.70 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -5.0° / 14.0°
Ammo:
125mm 3VBM22 APFSDS
125mm 3VOF36/3V21 HE
125mm 3VBK25 HEAT-FS
3UBK14 "Refleks" ATGM-TH
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
ChTZ V-92S2F 1130 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 60 km/h 18 km/h 5.99 s (0 to 32 km/h)
25.47 s (0 to Max Speed)
38.00° 6 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner
Spall Liner
Stock Stock Hit points are increased by 400
Smokegrenades
3D17M Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 8 charges
Takes 25s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Firecontrol
Kalina Fire Control System
Stock Stock Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader
Improved Autoloader
Stock Stock Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Gunstabilizer
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
Gunstabilizer
Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Gunnersight
Improved Gunner Optics
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 10%
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 88.1%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 73.5%

Footnotes[]

  1. 750 mm at 150m;
    563 mm at 500m
  2. 265 for Partial Penetration;
    67 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 170 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  4. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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